So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby koshari » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:00 pm

ldrcycles wrote:The frame itself is actually half decent, and the discs are little different from the Tektros that i had when i was doing XC. The forks would account for a huge chunk of weight in spite of looking incredibly flimsy. But fitting a disc fork to a road frame is a great idea, i don't know why that never occurred to me. To ebay!

bet the forks cost more than the bike did.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:15 am

Have you seen the forks on a Diamondback 29er at BigW? They are branded 'Zoom'...and the chances that they cost more than the frame are slim!!! I think you can get them for $60 retail...

As for the frame itself being decent...it's decent in terms of being attractive alloy scrap. But a 1" head tube and scattergun machine welding do not inspire confidence in decency.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:22 pm

I'm assuming koshari meant decent quality rigid disc forks would cost more than a Big W bike (which they do, $75ish for Mosso forks compared to $66 for a Dunlop Armour). Turns out the "26 inch" rigid forks on my mountain bike actually have a longer axle to crown measurement than the ones on my road bike, so now i just need to gather the bits together.

silentbutdeadly, the bikes in store are 1 1/8" threadless, i don't know why the picture on the website shows a quill stem, maybe that was an old model? In any case the welds look as good as any other ordinary (ie not high end Cannondale et al) aluminium frame.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby koshari » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:49 pm

ldrcycles wrote:I'm assuming koshari meant decent quality rigid disc forks would cost more than a Big W bike (which they do, $75ish for Mosso forks compared to $66 for a Dunlop Armour). Turns out the "26 inch" rigid forks on my mountain bike actually have a longer axle to crown measurement than the ones on my road bike, so now i just need to gather the bits together.

this is indeed what i was inferring.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:30 pm

ldrcycles wrote:I'm assuming koshari meant decent quality rigid disc forks would cost more than a Big W bike (which they do, $75ish for Mosso forks compared to $66 for a Dunlop Armour). Turns out the "26 inch" rigid forks on my mountain bike actually have a longer axle to crown measurement than the ones on my road bike, so now i just need to gather the bits together.

silentbutdeadly, the bikes in store are 1 1/8" threadless, i don't know why the picture on the website shows a quill stem, maybe that was an old model? In any case the welds look as good as any other ordinary (ie not high end Cannondale et al) aluminium frame.

Really? They've upgraded! Sweet! Might be an opportunity then. I did think about koshari talking about truly decent forks but decided that wouldn't be half as much fun!
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:59 pm

Got around to putting some higher rise bars on the Origami and used it to get about the Sunshine Coast uni this afternoon. I must have found it's natural habitat because it felt perfect for the job :) .


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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby koshari » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:22 pm

woulda been a little unconfortable riding it without grips?
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:14 pm

No because it's quite an upright position there's very little weight on my hands, but in due course i will get around to popping some grips on :) .
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby celeste boy » Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:52 pm

That Woolies bike mentioned earlier in this thread was $40 today in the box with a claimed weight of 19kg.
The female version was $60 and weighed in at 22kg but included mudguards.

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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby husked » Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:29 pm

I remember before I learnt my lesson with Bicycle Shaped Objects, I'd bought a bike from target, installed everything had it running smooth even the drivetrain geared up and down effectively, went for a ride avoided "Riding on Trails" since they advised it on the bike, went over a bump and immediately the handlebar dropped, went head first over. Walked the bike back home inspected the bar/stem contact, alloy had munched away where the clamp was, couldn't overtighten the clamp bolt, still slipped. Threw it in the car, took it back, went to a LBS and bought a real hardtail in the same day. Lesson learnt, never forgotten.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby koshari » Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:35 pm

husked wrote:I remember before I learnt my lesson with Bicycle Shaped Objects, I'd bought a bike from target, installed everything had it running smooth even the drivetrain geared up and down effectively, went for a ride avoided "Riding on Trails" since they advised it on the bike, went over a bump and immediately the handlebar dropped, went head first over. Walked the bike back home inspected the bar/stem contact, alloy had munched away where the clamp was, couldn't overtighten the clamp bolt, still slipped. Threw it in the car, took it back, went to a LBS and bought a real hardtail in the same day. Lesson learnt, never forgotten.


i take it you didnt read the sticker on the top tube?
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby AUbicycles » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:10 am

koshari wrote:i take it you didnt read the sticker on the top tube?


Buyers Warning: This is a supermarket bike and is not intended to be actually used. The purpose of this bike is to give the buyer the feeling that they have scored a super hot deal because it has some Shimano stuff (which is a really good brand) and a brand name that you remember from the 80's. Once you have purchased, please leave it to rust. It will take about 1 year and you can still brag about how it is now a collectable.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby Boognoss » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:42 pm

AUbicycles wrote:
koshari wrote:i take it you didnt read the sticker on the top tube?


Buyers Warning: This is a supermarket bike and is not intended to be actually used. The purpose of this bike is to give the buyer the feeling that they have scored a super hot deal because it has some Shimano stuff (which is a really good brand) and a brand name that you remember from the 80's. Once you have purchased, please leave it to rust. It will take about 1 year and you can still brag about how it is now a collectable.


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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby clackers » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:19 pm

Should be a legal requirement to have that on a sign next to a row of BSOs.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:55 pm

Just noticed a Repco Preset on fleabay for $25 or $50 BIN. Looks to be bog stock although the bars are tilted about as far back as they can go and there looks to be something weird going on with the front brake.

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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:17 pm

Looks like he's bent the upper arm in a prang and realised the cost of a serviceable replacement will come to better than 50% of the cost of a new bike...
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:56 pm

I finally managed to find 2 good 20" tyres at the tip to replace the cracking ones on my little Origami. Especially important for the front tyre as it had a big slice in the sidewall that i could see the inner tube through :shock: . The original tyres were 1.75" so with the replacements being 2.125 it looks like a miniature fatbike now :lol: . Had to remove the mudguard to fit the new rear tyre but it had a few dings in it anyway. Took the opportunity to regrease the hubs so they're running smooth as butter now.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby koshari » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:06 pm

pix of the mini fatbike?
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:25 pm

Should have em up tomorrow :) . Damn crazy work hours.
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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:44 pm

Still haven't got around to putting handlebar grips on :) . I need to pop the Garmin on it to see what speed i can get in top gear as i really want to take it on a bunch ride for giggles :D .



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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:30 pm

OK finally



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Re: So how bad is a Big W bike, really?

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:42 pm

2015 Big W bike catalogue is on the website, they've even got a dual suspension 650B now!
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